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The North Providence Breeze 10-28-2020

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE LIAM FEARON, 6, of North Providence, practices his flips on the monkey bars at Stephen Olney Park last Saturday. The sun was hidden behind the clouds but the temperatures were warm for late fall. Head over heels NORTH PROVIDENCE – Local police officers are a little scruffier this fall after deciding to join the national "No-Shave November" effort for the first time. Money raised as police pay to not shave in October, November and December will go to multiple good causes, say police. Chief Arthur Martins said officers have discussed taking part in this effort for a couple of years now, and felt that now was the right time "with everything going on" with poor police relations across the country. It gives residents some- thing they're not expecting to see where they might ask about it and have officers explain what's behind the change, he said. NP police get aboard the 'No-Shave November' train By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor NORTH PROVIDENCE – New enhancements to the center island of the Centredale roundabout on Smith Street will better define the traffic fea- ture and prevent drivers who aren't paying attention from driving over it. Chief Arthur Martins said he would guess there have been two or three instances of people driving over the island in the past two months. Mayor Charles Lombardi said there were six such documented crashes last year. The town received a $150,000 Main Street Improvement Fund Grant through the Rhode Island Commerce Corp. in 2018, but officials had to get a pair of extensions on spending it after several issues, including a previ- ous lack of bidders. An original plan to move the New roundabout improvements to cut down on accidents By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor NORTH PROVIDENCE – The North Providence Pool & Fitness Center will reopen on a limited schedule in November, a move, said Mayor Charles Lombardi, that required a number of pieces to fall into place. Lombardi said the planning for the reopening, months in the making, has really geared up over the past two or three weeks, mostly revolving around getting the right personnel in order. Opening the natatorium on a three-day schedule to start, instead of the six-day schedule before the pandemic, gives the chance for a trial run, he said. Recreation Director Lois Barbieri ultimately decided to give three days a shot and see where it goes from there to "hopefully extend it after that," he said. Despite earlier projections of heavy costs associated with opening the pool in a pandemic environment, Lombardi said he doesn't see this NP Pool & Fitness Center reopens next week By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor See NO-SHAVE, Page 11 See ROUNDABOUT, Page 10 See POOL, Page 10 THE NORTH PROVIDENCE ©2020 THE VALLEY BREEZE A Valley Breeze Newspaper THE NORTH PROVIDENCE Breeze FREE OCTOBER 28-NOVEMBER 3, 2020 AN ACTIVE ADULT COMMUNITY ONLINE LEARNING Find out more, call 401-334-9555 x134 • Career Building • Excel • Communication • PowerPoint • Digital Marketing • Women in Business • Entrepreneurship • Security Awareness Online Professional Development

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